The Nokia 5230 is like a 5800 Lite


So, lets say that, despite the snags during its North American launch, you’ve got a soft spot in your heart for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone. But that price.. without any US carriers eating the up front costs, the cheapest you’ll find this thing is 400 bucks.

Fear not, though, friend – you’ve got options. If you’re willing to shave some hairs from the hardware specs, Nokia is now offering a 5800-lookalike called the 5230. They’ve bumped the camera down to 2 megapixel (from 3.2), ditched the flash, and nixed the WiFi. On the upside, they’ve slashed nearly 50% off the price, bringing it down to 149 EUR ($212 USD) before contracts and subsidies. They’ve kept the 3.5mm jack and the A-GPS – plus, it comes in a huge array of colors. Nokia says to expect the 5230 in the last quarter of 2009, though they don’t specify if the US variants will be shipping at the same time.

Check out a video of the 520 in the flesh after the jump.